The Honors College seeks to cultivate opportunities for highly motivated students to grow in leadership, service and academic excellence through shared experiences that are informed by faith and focus on the development of the whole person. The college is committed to building a stimulating undergraduate experience that enhances the academic profile of students as they pursue opportunities after Harding.
Honors Scholars are a select group of around 40 students who make up the Honors College's incoming freshman class each year. These students are National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists, Harding Trustee Scholars, and other students in the College Board's Recognition programs. If openings remain, students may be selected from the pool of Trustee Award applicants and Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholars. Honors scholars can graduate as Honors College Graduates or Honors College Graduates with Distinction.
A deeper look into academia
Honors courses are characterized by communication, critical thinking and contribution.
- 2022 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Halle Miller & Lane Bortell
- 2022 Alpha Chi Faculty Scholar Awards: Jeremiah Sullins
- 2021 Alpha Chi Faculty Awards: Dr. Usen Akpanudo and Dr. Ginger Blackstone
- 2021 Alpha Chi Student Awards: John Lim and Pedro Navarrete
- 2021 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Mary Grace Golden and Alicen Wilcox
- National Science Foundation CAREER Award
- Britt Poster Award, 2021 Great Plains Honors Council Conference: John David Stewart
2022 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Halle Miller & Lane Bortell
Dr. James Huff ,
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2021 Alpha Chi Faculty Award: Dr. Ginger Blackstone
2021 Alpha Chi Faculty Award: Dr. Usen Akpanudo
2021 Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Awards: Mary Grace Golden and Alicen Wilcox
Keep up with our latest news, awards and opportunities through the biannual Honors College Newsletter.Read our latest newsletter!
View the course schedule and learn more about our honors contracts and honors capstones.
Join us for events like "Chili Day" each Tuesday, "Food for Thought" discussions with faculty members, Honors Student Association planning meetings, and other special activities. Watch our social media pages to learn more about our regular events as well as our L.C. Sears Collegiate Seminar Series.
We identify and partner with students to not only ensure that they submit a high-quality application to national and international fellowship or scholarship programs, but also to help them discover their calling through and beyond their undergraduate careers.
Trey Carlock Rising Scholar Award Recipient
Alicen Wilcox, biochemistry and molecular biology major, researches advances in treatments for neurological disorders.